Baseball is the pastime of America and its history dates back to the time of the Civil War. Its popularity grew exponentially in the 1920s and 1930s.
In those years, superstars were adorned by the population and became demigods. Due to these factors, MLB Collectibles became trend.
All people wanted to remember their stars, thus, they would buy a ball, a jersey or an autograph. Today, sports memorabilia collecting become a huge business. Items such as cards, jerseys, or other items that are related with great personalities of baseball are sold at very high prices.
The jersey that Babe Ruth wore in 1920 is the most expensive collectible of baseball sold in history, it reached more than $4 million.
By the way, most All-Time MLB Collectibles are related with this great player. His jerseys, bat, contract, uniform and home run ball have become icons of baseball.
The contract that Babe Ruth signed with the Yankees has also become another valuable item and it was sold at almost $1 million. As you can see, this is worth much more than a simple piece of paper.
The markets decide the value of these items and they will reach prices beyond imagination.
Here are the Top 10 All-time MLB Collectibles:
BABE RUTH 1920 JERSEY - $4.415 MILLION - Babe Ruth topped this list, besides, he also dominates the list with the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever sold. The jersey which was first worn in 1920, sold for $4,415,658.
JAMES NAISMITH'S 1891 RULES OF BASKETBALL - $4.3 MILLION - Naismith is considered the inventor of basketball, and his original rules of the sport remain intact today. The rules sold at auction for a price of $4,338,500.
MARK MCGWIRE'S 70TH HOME RUN BALL - $3 MILLION - The 12 time All-Star and two-time World Series winner set a myriad of other records over the course of a 16-year career. He hit 583 home runs, but it was the 70th of the 70 he hit in 1998 that became the most iconic. The ball that McGwire made history with was sold for $3 million.
HONUS WAGNER 1909 BASEBALL CARD - $2.8 MILLION - He played baseball for 21 years with the Louisville Colonels and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Wagner's card became so expensive as he refused the makers, the American Tobacco Company, to feature him, as he didn't want children buying cigarettes. The card was sold in 2007 for $2.8 million.
BABE RUTH 1923 FIRST YANKEE STADIUM HOME RUN BAT - $1.265 MILLION - Ruth used this bat to hit the first Yankee Stadium home run, and did so against the Boston Red Sox. This icon of baseball was sold at Sotheby's in New York for a fee of $1.265 million.
BABE RUTH'S 1919 YANKEES CONTRACT - $996,000 - Babe Ruth was sold to the Yankees by the Red Sox in 1919. The fee of $100,000 proved to be a great investment. Ruth hit 54 home runs in his first season with the Yankees in 1920 and became the greatest baseball player of all time. The item was sold privately for a fee of $996,000.
BABE RUTH'S 1932 JERSEY - $940,000 - It was worn by Ruth for his iconic 'called shot'. The scores were tied at 4-4 against the Chicago Cubs in the 1932 World Series and Ruth hit the ball exactly where he had pointed for his 15th home run of the year. This item reached $940,000.
BABE RUTH SIGNED 1933 ALL-STAR GAME HOME RUN BALL - $805,000 - Babe Ruth made history in 1933, when he became the first player in history to hit a home run in an All-Star Game. The ball used to get it was sold for $805,000. The game took place at Comiskey Park on July 6th 1933, Ruth hit two home runs in the game.
BABE RUTH'S 1934 WORLD TOUR UNIFORM - $771,000 - The uniform that Babe Ruth wore in the 1934 World Tour to Japan was sold for $771,000. It was in great conditions and it was barely used by the baseball star.
BABE RUTH'S 1933 JERSEY - $657,250 - The 1933 season was wonderful for Babe Ruth. The second to last year of his time with the Yankees, he got great results as a player. This jersey was sold at auction for $657,250.